Thursday, April 26, 2012

DUSLA has a new blog!

Please visit for our latest updates. We also have launched a new internship blog at


Wednesday, January 07, 2009


Who: Jill O'Neill, Director of Planning and Communication for National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS).
What: Trends in the online database publishing industry, and preview of the upcoming NFAIS conference in Philly
When: Tuesday 1/13, 5-6pm
Where: Rush Room 014 (downstairs)
Interactive simulcast online here:

NFAIS serves as the trade group for providers of online database services that aggregate, organize and facilitate access to published information. In other words, the vendors of all the databases your library will ever use are members of this association. From their website: "It is a partnership of government, nonprofit and commercial organizations – all sharing a common mission of improved access to, and use of, information."

This is an excellent opportunity for us to learn more about an industry that we all rely on and that may also be a potential job market for librarians. Ms. O'Neill will also be discussing the NFAIS annual conference taking place here in Philadelphia in February. They are looking for student volunteers to help at the conference and will provide them with excellent networking opportunities.

Questions? Contact DUSLA Program Co-coordinator, Holly Zerbe -
Learn more about DUSLA and opportunities to get involved here:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Please join the Drexel University Special Libraries Association (DUSLA) for an open house at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts on November 12th from 4-6 pm.

From their website: "The Conservation Center specializes in the treatment of art and historic artifacts on paper. Established in 1977, CCAHA is one of the largest non-profit regional conservation labs in the country." At the Open House there will be a conservator or technician at every bench prepared to talk about their projects. It's also the time when the "best of the best" materials are out and you can look through everything at your own pace. Food and wine will also be available.

This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome regardless of their affiliation with DUSLA or Drexel. A group of DUSLA students plan to attend this event together and will be meeting in front of the CCAHA around 4. DUSLA welcomes anyone interested to attend the event as part of the group, but feel free to go on your own if you prefer. Either way, the CCAHA does ask that you RSVP, so if you plan to attend please email the DUSLA program coordinator Holly Zerbe,, with your name as well as the names of any guests you plan on bringing by November 7th.

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifiacts Open House
This event is open to the public but some DUSLA members plan on attending as a group. Please feel free to join us or attend on your own.
Wednesday, November 12 from 4-6pm
The CCAHA is located at 264 S. 23rd St. (Just south of Walnut on 23rd)
If you plan on attending (on your own or as part of the DUSLA goup) please RSVP to by Nov. 7th.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Zerbe:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Gadgets, Gizmos and Gear Exhibit at PaLA

Volunteers are needed for the Gadgets, Gizmos and Gear Exhibit at the
Pennsylvania Libraries: Leading for Life
Pennsylvania Library Association 2008 Annual Conference
November 9th - 12th, Valley Forge Scanticon & Convention Center.

The Gadgets, Gizmos and Gear exhibit will showcase the Wii, Guitar Hero, Kindle and more. We just need volunteers to answer questions, assist in system operations and maybe give a quick demo of gadgets. Prior knowledge of these gadgets is not required, but will be helpful.

This is a great opportunity for students to network with fellow librarians and get involved in professional organization activities. Free exhibit passes will be available for volunteers. If interested contact Tanya Finney,,

Thursday, May 15, 2008

DUSLA field trip May 23rd at 10:00 AM

DUSLA will be exploring some of Philadelphia's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender resources on May 23rd. Come join us on a field trip to the AIDS Library and the Library and Archives of the William Way LGBT Community Center. The AIDS Library is run by Philadelphia Fight a comprehensive AIDS service organization. The library offers access to health and support services, disseminates information about HIV treatment, nutrition, and history and connects people to regional and national AIDS resources. The William Way Community Center Library has over 10,000 books of LGBT-related fiction and non-fiction, one of the largest collections in the country. The William Way Center Archives is Philadelphia 's most extensive collection of rare books, periodicals, video and audio tapes, periodicals, personal correspondence, and other ephemera documenting the rich history of the LGBT community. RSVP to Jessie at We will meet at 10:00 AM at the AIDS Library at 1233 Locust St., 2nd Floor.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

DUSLA Spring Social

Join the Drexel Student Chapter of the Special Libraries Association for a Spring Social!

WHO: Your iSchool classmates

WHAT: DUSLA Spring Social

WHERE: The Mary Hagerty Learning Lab (Lower Level of Hagerty Library)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 14th from 5 PM to 6 PM

WHY: Learn about DUSLA events and meet with your classmates

Spring is here! Join DUSLA on Wednesday, May 14th as celebrate in style. You'll have a chance to chat with your iSchool classmates and talk about upcoming DUSLA field trips and work shops. Refreshments will be served.

No RSVP required, We hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

RUSH @ Hagerty Tonight!

Hey guys,

Tonight is the Rush @ Hagerty. This is a networking event the iSchool has planned to introduce iSchool students to library and information industry professional associations. DUSLA and PLG (Progressive Librarians Guild), among others, will have tables there and will be available to answer any questions you have about the organizations.

See you all there!

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Last Day to Register! Open Source for Libraries: All Grown Up

Remember, attendance is FREE to all student members!

Open Source for Libraries: All Grown Up
Co-sponsored by DUSLA, Drexel University

Date: Monday, April 21, 2008

Time: Registration 5:00pm - 5:30pm; Presentation 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Location: : Mary Hagerty Room - #L33 on the lower level of the Drexel University Hagerty Library located at 33rd & Market Streets in Philadelphia, PA.

Description: : "Open Source" - a term you may have heard thrown about at conferences and on mailing lists - but what does it mean? This session will not only define the term "Open Source" but will show librarians exactly how it can be used within their libraries. Learn to separate the myths from the facts, learn about the tools that are available to your libraries and most importantly learn about how open source can free you from the costs associated with many proprietary library products. This session will cover open source alternatives to popular products used inlibraries, including, but not limited to an office suite, instant messaging, ILS and web browser.

Presenter Bio: : Nicole C. Engard received her MLIS from Drexel University in 2007. Having worked in libraries for over 7 years, she has recently accepted the position of Open Source Evangelist at LibLime. Starting in web development and moving on to working with metadata and cataloging, she has had the opportunity to work with people in all areas of the library and can be found at conferences around the world presenting on open source and web 2.0 topics. Nicole is best known for her blog, What I Learned Today... where she writes about technology issues for libraries and her work in developing a 2.0 friendly intranet at Jenkins Law Library in Philadelphia. In 2007 she was named one of Library Journal's Movers & Shakers and has published several articles on technology and libraries. In her current position with LibLime, Nicole is responsible for educating librarians both about what open source software is and the many options available to libraries. Her passion for talking to and educating librarians makes this role a perfect fit for her.

Registration Information: Registrations should be sent to Kim Rotter via email at Registration deadline is Thursday, April 17, 2008. Those not canceling on or before the deadline will be expected to pay the registration fee. Please make checks payable to SLA Phila Chapter.

Cost: : $10.00 for SLA members, $15.00 for non-members, Free for student SLA members.

A light dinner (pizza and refreshments) will be provided.

Program Questions: Please contact Karen Krasznavolgyi, SLA Philadelphia Professional Development Chair, 215-503-2826,

DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS: Thursday, April 17, 2008

To Register, please send an email to:

Ms. Kim Rotter,

Phone: 484-701-2313





Member (SLA/MLA) @ $10.______ Nonmember@ $15 ______

SLA Student member (free) ______

I will pay at the door (payment by check is preferred).

Make checks out to SLA, Phila. Chapter.


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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Today! Google Documents Talk

The Drexel University Student Chapter of SLA will be hosting an
informal talk on Google Docments Thursday, April 3rd, from 5:00 PM –
5:30 PM in the Mary Hagerty Learning Lab (L33) on the first floor of
Hagerty Library.

The talk will be led by Katherine Fischer, who will discuss the uses
and features offered to users by Google Docs. We will discuss how to
create, edit, share and publish files using Google Documents.
Alternatives to Google Docs will be discussed as time permits.

No RSVP required.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Save the Date! Open Source for Libraries: All Grown Up

Who: Nicole Engard

What: SLA Philadelphia and DUSLA Present Nicole Engard, "Open Source
for Libraries: All Grown Up"

Where: The Mary Hagerty Learning Lab - First Floor of Hagerty Library

When: April 21st, 5 PM - 8 PM

Why: "Learn to separate the myths from the facts, learn about
the tools that are available to your libraries and most importantly
learn about how open source can free you from the costs associated
with many proprietary library products."

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